Maureen Papas

Dr, BA (Hons) Macq, MIR/MIEL Macq, PhD Macq

  • The University of Western Australia (M253), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 2 Citations
  • 1 h-Index
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Personal profile


Maureen is a researcher with a very strong interest and expertise in international and national politics and the interface between politics and the law. She holds of BA (Hons), a Master of International Relations with a Master of International Environmental Law and a PhD in Law. Maureen's area of research interest is international and comparative environmental law and policy with an emphasis on water law and policy and water governance. Her research explores international and national laws for the conservation and management of rural water and multi-level governance systems. Her most recent area of research includes the intersection of climate change with freshwater law and policy and the role of scientific knowledge to promote policy formulation and political decision-making.




French, English 

Education/Academic qualification

Law, PhD, Macquarie University

Master of International Relations with Master of International Environmental Law, Macquarie University

BA (Hons), Macquarie University

External positions

Trustee - Project Waterfall (December 2016 - )

Associate - Water Witness International (July 2015 - )

Special advisor, sustainability and systems thinking - Pottinger (November 2014 - )


  • Water law and policy (surface and groundwater)
  • International environmental law
  • Comparative water law and policy
  • Sustainable practices
  • Freshwater conservation and management
  • Intergovernmental
  • Interdisciplinary

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Research Output 2007 2020

  • 2 Citations
  • 1 h-Index
  • 7 Article
  • 1 Book
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Conference paper

Causes and Impacts of Climate Change in the Asia Pacific Region: Integrated responses and need for change in decision making in Australia

Papas, M., 2018, Handbook of Climate Change Resilience. Leal-Filho, W. (ed.). 2 ed. Switzerland: Springer

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

1 Citation (Scopus)
Open Access
Water management
water management
sustainable development
climate change
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
critical analysis
United Nations

Activities 2010 2018

  • 10 Public lecture, debate or seminar

Land, Food and Agriculture: Promises and perils of technology and innovation

Maureen Papas (Speaker)
4 Jul 20186 Jul 2018

Activity: Service and engagementPublic lecture, debate or seminar

Climate Change Adaptation: Exploring (current) allocation of authority and cooperation in Australia's water governance landscape

Maureen Papas (Speaker)
28 Aug 201831 Aug 2018

Activity: Service and engagementPublic lecture, debate or seminar

Climate Change Adaptation and the Pivotal Role of Water: proposed policy responses for Australia

Maureen Papas (Speaker)
29 May 20172 Jun 2017

Activity: Service and engagementPublic lecture, debate or seminar

Collaborative working - how integrated perspectives and disciplines can promote better water management decision-making

Maureen Papas (Speaker)
29 Mar 20162 Apr 2016

Activity: Service and engagementPublic lecture, debate or seminar